When it comes to meals, none may be more famous than the Thanksgiving dinner. Americans around the country typically love their turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie…and they eat a lot of it.

Numbers vary, but it’s reported the average person eats anywhere from 1600 to 3000 calories during Thanksgiving dinner alone.

Remember, the FDA recommended daily amount (RDA) of calories is, on average, 2000 calories! So for some Thanksgiving dinner enthusiasts, they’re eating a day and half’s worth of calories in just one sitting.

You Can Stay Diabetes-Friendly During Thanksgiving Dinner

With some simple meal substitutions, you can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner without making your blood sugar skyrocket and then plummet. Which over time can damage your eyesight, kidneys, blood vessels, and more.

And be sure to get up and move around after the meal. According to this infographic, after eating just one serving of turkey, you need to run 3 miles to burn it off. Or, do 566 sit-ups. Your choice.

We know that’s a lot to ask so at least take a long walk after dinner.

This Cleveland Clinic infographic has some simple ideas for you:

healthy thanksgiving dinner ideas


Need more ideas? Check out our Pinterest board for more healthy Thanksgiving recipes, infographics, and more!